Sustainable Energy Minor – U of T Sustainability Scholar

The Sustainable Energy Minor is intended for students interested in learning more about energy, its sustainable use, energy demand management, and the public policy context in which energy use and production are regulated.

Our courses reach all areas of energy use, production, distribution, transmission, storage, and development. This includes energy use and production for transportation, space cooling and heating demands; electrical production, energy distribution and storage; and extends to energy conservation, price, greenhouse gas production and control, and aspects of public policy.

Students who complete the requirements of the Sustainable Energy Minor are considered University of Toronto Sustainability Scholars.

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With the exception of students registered in Engineering Science's Energy Systems Major, all Engineering undergraduates are eligible to pursue the Sustainable Energy Minor.

Sustainable Energy Minor enrolment form.


Students in the Sustainable Energy Minor must successfully complete a minimum of six (6) one-semester courses including mandatory and elective courses. Of the four (4) electives students may choose, at least two must be from the advanced category. In all cases, students must ensure they meet the requirements of their chosen Engineering degree program or option.

1. Mandatory:

  • CIV 300H1F/S: Terrestrial Energy Systems

2. Choose one of:

  • APS 305H1S: Energy Policy
  • ENV 350H1F: Energy Policy & Environment (CS)

3. Select four electives from the following courses (two must be at the Advanced Level courses):

Introductory Course   Advanced Courses
CME259H1S / APS 301H1F: Technology in Society & the Biosphere I (HSS)

CHE 260H1F: Thermodynamics & Heat Transfer

CHE 323H1F: Engineering Thermodynamics

CHE 460H1S: Environmental Pathways & Impact Assessment

CHE 467H1F: Environmental Engineering

CIV 440H1S: Environmental Impact & Risk Assessment

CIV 375H1F: Building Science

ECE 313H1F: Energy Systems & Distributed Energy

ECE 314H1F: Fundamentals of Electrical Energy Systems

ECE 349H1F: Introduction to Energy Systems

FOR 310H1S: Bioenergy from Sustainable Forest Management

GGR 347H1F: Efficient Use of Energy

GGR 348H1S: Carbon-Free Energy

MIE 311H1F: Thermal Energy Conversion

MIE 313H1S: Heat & Mass Transfer

MSE 355H1S: Materials Processing & Sustainable Development

AER 507H1F: Introduction to Fusion Energy

APS 510H1F: Innovative Technologies & Organizations in Global Energy Systems (CS)

APS 530H1S: Appropriate Technology & Design for Global Development

CHE 451H1: Petroleum Processing

CHE 469H1: Fuel Cells &  Electrochemical Conversion Devices

CHE 566H1F: Elements of Nuclear Engineering

CHE 568H1S: Nuclear Engineering

CIV 501H1F: Building Energy Performance Simulation

CIV 531H1F: Transport: Planning

CIV 576H1S: Sustainable Buildings

CIV 577H1S: Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities

ECE 463H1S: Electric Drives

ECE 520H: Power Electronics

ECE 526H1S: Power System Protection & Automation

FOR 425H1S: Bioenergy & Biorefinery Technology

MIE 407H1F: Nuclear Reactor Theory and Design

MIE 408H1S: Thermal & Machine Design of Nuclear Power Reactors

MIE 507H1S: Heating, Ventilating & Air Conditioning (HVAC) Fundamentals

MIE 515H1F: Alternative Energy Systems

MIE 516H1F: Combustion & Fuels

MIE 517H1S: Fuel Cell Systems

MIE 550H1S: Advanced Momentum, Heat and Mass Transfer

MSE 458H1S: Nanotechnology in Alternate Energy Systems

Thesis or Design Project with approval of the Director of the Minor